The cottage garden uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. Quintessentially English by design it gravitates towards grace and charm rather than grandeur.
You tend to find bright and bold flowers which are self seeding. With the right plants and layout even the smallest space can become a delightful cottage garden. Full of colour, often a cottage garden will be more maintenance due to the high proportion of herbaceous perennials.